Purpose: The aim of this study is to examine the exercise addiction levels of football players in different leagues in terms of various variables.
Material and Method: A total of 111 football players, including 36 professional league, 33 regional amateur league and 42 local amateur league football players, participated in the study voluntarily in the province of Elazig. The Exercise Addiction Scale (EBS) consisting of 17 items and 3 sub-dimensions developed by Demir, Hazar and Cicicoğlu (2018) was applied to the participants. Participants' exercise addiction levels were examined in terms of age, sports age, league and number of weekly exercises. The One Way Anova test was used in the statistical analysis of the data and the Tukey test was used to determine the differences between the groups. The level of significance in the study was determined as p<0.05.
Results: The exercise addiction levels of football players in different leagues were examined in terms of age, sports age, league and number of weekly exercise variables, while there were no significant differences in age and sports age variables, the exercise addiction levels of local amateur football players in the league variable were significantly lower than regional amateur and professional football players detected. According to the variable of the number of exercises per week, it was determined that those who exercise 1-2 times a week have a significantly lower exercise addiction than those who exercise 3-4 times, and those who exercise 3-4 times compared to those who exercise 5-6 times.
Conclusion: As a result of the research, it was determined that professional and regional amateur league football players had higher exercise addiction levels than local amateur league football players.